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June, 2018

Featured Trail: Mt. Severance, Schroon Lake


Mt. Severance is part of the Hoffman Notch Wilderness and is located in the Town of Schroon Lake. The Trail extends 1.2 miles one way and ascends 790 feet from the trailhead to the summit of the mountain. The summit provides a scenic view of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. The trail travels under the Northway (I-87) via a large culvert before ascending the mountain. Mt. Severance Trailhead Parking Area is located on the west side of Route 9, 0.5 mile south of Exit 28, opposite Alder Meadow Road. Trail location: (43.8627° N, 73.7548° W). Featured hikes » Continue >>More


June, 2018

Spots Remain For Kids Paddling Trips


There are still a few spots open in the Northern Forest Explorers program, which sends children aged 10-14 years old on five-day paddling trips in the Adirondacks. The trips are organized by Raquette River Outfitters in Tupper Lake, in collaboration with the nonprofit Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Participating children are provided all of the essential camping and paddling gear. The first trip takes place from July 9 to 13. On this five-day paddle up Long Lake and down the Raquette River, kids will explore Raquette Falls and the silver maple and white pine forests that surround it. The second trip >>More


June, 2018

Forty-Six Years of Frog Jumping Father’s Days


Calaveras County has nothing on Herkimer when it comes to frog jumping contests. For the past forty-six years, fathers and children have been catching and releasing frogs in Old Forge to find the one that will break all the records. According to the Town of Webb Publicity Director Mike Farmer, the Old Forge Frog Jumping Contest has always been a well-monitored event with plenty of water for the frogs and an immediate release into the nearby Old Forge Pond. “We normally get around 35-40 kids show up with frogs they’ve found in the area,” says Farmer. “No frogs are every harmed >>More


June, 2018

Lost, Injured Hikers: Adirondack Forest Ranger Highlights


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Essex County Town of Keene Wilderness Search: On June 6 at 9:22 pm, Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for assistance in locating two 21-year-old men from Canada who became separated from a hiking >>More


June, 2018

Public Access Planned For Three Sisters Preserve


The Lake Placid Land Conservancy (LPLC) has received a $26,000 grant to complete a management plan and develop public access improvements at their recently acquired Three Sisters Preserve in the Town of Wilmington. After closing, the Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA) constructed a 1.5-mile trail on the Preserve to connect the hamlet area of Wilmington to Hardy Road. This trail provides an off-road connection between the Flume Trails, the hamlet and the popular mountain bike trails in the DEC Wilmington Wild Forest Beaver Brook Tract along Hardy Road. The grant funding is expected to help the land trust develop goals and >>More


June, 2018

Skip Baker Memorial Supports Horses-Vets Program


The inaugural Skip Baker Memorial Fundraising Hike, benefiting the Equicenter Heroes and Horses Veterans Program, has been set for Saturday, August 11th. In the summer of 2017, Ralph ‘Skip’ Baker lost his life while hiking in the High Peaks. Baker was a 26-year Air Force veteran who spent his retirement volunteering at the Equicenter in Honeoye NY, a non-profit organization. The Equicenter mission is to “foster the personal growth and individual achievement of people with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families using a wide range of therapeutic equestrian and related programs.” While volunteering at the Equicenter, Skip helped develop >>More


June, 2018

Gore Mountain Opens July 7 With New Activities


Gore Mountain opens for the summer on Saturday, July 7, with a variety of new activities and events. The more extensive warm-weather schedule invites guests to explore the mountain 10 am to 5 pm Thursday-Sunday through September 2, and fall weekends through October 7. Free interpretive walks led by Gore staff and special guest speakers will depart the top of the Northwoods Gondola twice daily, featuring information about the surrounding vistas, area history, and local vegetation and wildlife. New 4×4 “Alpine Expeditions” are being held four times a day welcome up to five guests per tour for a behind-the-scenes » >>More


June, 2018

Adirondack High Peaks Trail Crew Is Hiring


DEC is looking to hire a Trail Crew Labor Supervisor and four Trail Crew Laborers to work on projects in the High Peaks Wilderness from June to October 2018. The work is expected to focus on primitive campsite construction and restoration, trail work including drainage and blowdown removal and some bridge and ladder construction in Avalanche Pass. What follows are the job descriptions from DEC: High Peaks Trail Crew Labor Supervisor Rate of pay is 16.28/hr, 5 month seasonal job Work includes overseeing a 4 person trail crew working on a list of specific projects in the High Peaks Wilderness >>More


June, 2018

36th Tupper Tinman Triathlon Set For June 23


The 36th Annual Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon has been set for Saturday, June 23rd. The Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sports of triathlon, duathlon, winter triathlon, and aquathlon. The Tinman offers five types of races: Tinman (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run); Aquabike (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike); Team Relay (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run); Olympic (0.94 mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6.2 mile run); and a Sprint (0.6 mile swim, 12.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run). The first of the races >>More


June, 2018

Lake Placid Marathon Road Closures Sunday, June 10


The annual Lake Placid Marathon and Half is set to take place from 8 am to 2 pm on Sunday, June 10, with an expected 1,100 runners from 32 states and six countries. Both races begin and end at the Olympic Speedskating Oval and include use of Main Street, Mirror Lake Drive/Lake Placid Club Drive, Parkside Drive, Morningside Drive, Sentinel Road, River Road, Mill Pond Drive, McLenathan Avenue and School Street. Temporary Closures: Main St.- Closed between Lake Placid Club Drive (Central Garage Mobil) and Mirror Lake Dr. (High Peaks Resort) from 7:45 am until 8:30 am. Mirror Lake Drive >>More